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YouTube has so many little hidden gems and features that improve our quality of life here. Here’s some of my favorites. What other features do you commonly use? Comment with your suggestions and let’s make a part two!
0:00 Find specific content in a long video
0:44 Loop your favorite videos
1:05 Handoff your video to desktop
1:21 Quickly scrub, skip, and navigate a video
1:53 Protect your time on YouTube
2:12 Enable Stats for Nerds
2:58 Protect your recommendations
3:39 Explore new recommended videos
4:12 Share a specific point in a video
4:40 Download videos for offline viewing
5:58 Navigate videos faster with shortcuts
7:13 Quality of life on YouTube
Thanks to Gizmodo for the video idea! https://gizmodo.com/12-things-you-didnt-know-you-could-do-on-youtube-1848373943
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— If you wanna jump to a certain spot
in the video and you’re
not sure where it is,
you can click on these three
little dots beneath a video
and go to show transcript,
and this will give you
the entire transcript
of the entire video,
whether they have captions
or you’re just looking at
the auto generated ones here.
In the browser, hit command F to find,
where did I talk about the pivot?
Oh, here it is.
At 7:59, here’s the big
pivot is gonna be happening
and click right there
and it goes straight to
that point in the video.
You can do the same thing on mobile
but instead you’re going to hit
on the down arrow next to the video title,
get to the description and the bottom.
You see show transcript
and here you can see the
transcript going while you play.
You can’t search it
but you can certainly scroll through it,
find the parts you want
and tap right there
and skip to that part
of the video as well.
If you’re watching your
favorite music video
and you want to keep looping,
right click anywhere on desktop,
you have this loop option right here
and now it’ll keep playing
over and over and over again.
On mobile, you can do the same thing.
You just tap on the video
up these three little
dots upper right corner,
tap on those and here’s loop video off
and now loop video is on.
YouTube actually syncs your
viewing across multiple devices,
but if you’re watching on your phone
and then go to your desktop,
you’ll see the bottom right corner
that a mini player shows up
and now you can start
watching that video on desktop
that you were watching on your phone
so you can pick up right
where you left off.
This was pretty cool,
if you just long press on the video,
you can slide your finger back
and forth across the screen
to go straight to the point
in that video that you want,
but even cooler is while it’s playing,
if you double tap with two
fingers on the right side
it’ll go to the next chapter
or double tap on the left side,
it goes back previous
to the beginning of the chapter before.
Of course you can always
double tap with one finger
and it’ll just skip forward 10 seconds
or double tap with one
finger on the left side
and it goes back by 10 seconds.
It is so easy to keep scrolling on YouTube
and waste a lot of time,
thankfully in the upper right corner,
if you click on your icon
you now have this option for time watch
right here in the middle.
If you click on it, it will show you
how much time you’re spending on YouTube
as well as reminders to take a break
or remind you is bedtime
or to autoplay if you just
want to kill it even more time.
If you really wanna get nerdy
on all the video and coding and streaming
what’s going on in the video,
anywhere on desktop you can right click
and go to stats for nerds in here,
you’ll see everything that’s going on
about your connection
speed, network activity
buffer health, codecs
frames, and everything.
You can do it on mobile as well
but you’ll need to
first go up to your icon
the upper right corner
and then go to settings.
And then in here, tap on general.
And in general, you got lots
of really cool options in here.
If you wanna like skip
forward more than 10 seconds
or less than 10 seconds at the time
but go down here to stats for a nerd,
toggle that on,
then go back out to the
video you wanna look at
and then here,
under these three little dots
up the right corner, tap it,
now it’s down here at the
bottom, stats for nerds
and you can now see it on mobile as well.
Perhaps you wanna search for something
and spend some time
researching how to do something
but you don’t want all
that browsing history
to mess up your recommendations
on your homepage and suggested videos.
Well, instead you can go to
file open incognito window
and here you can browse
YouTube to your heart’s content
without it messing up anything
in your recommendations.
Thankfully, this also works on mobile.
In the upper right corner,
just tap on your icon.
In here, you’ll see, turn on incognito.
If you tap it, it’ll now
be an incognito mode,
you can go through and browse YouTube
without it impacting your recommendations
or your search history or anything.
When you’re done, just come
up back up here to incognito
and select, turn it off
and you’ll be right
back into your account.
Now, speaking of recommendations
if you’re getting a little
bit bored of everything
that YouTube is suggesting to you
and you wanna just try
something new and fresh,
go up and click on those new to you chip
at the top of YouTube
and it will completely give
you new recommendations
of channels you haven’t watched before,
videos that you haven’t seen
just give you a whole new experience
of things that you can dive into.
And yes, it works on mobile too,
all these chips at the top,
it’ll either be the very last one
if you haven’t used it before
or it’ll be right here, the very beginning
if you’ve used it recently,
just tap it here on mobile
and get a whole set of new
recommendations once again.
You’re watching YouTube,
you find this great
video and you wanna share
but you wanna share it starting at like
this point right here to someone,
what you can easily do is go down here,
click on the share
and then here’s this little
check mark right here,
started at 2:50 or anytime
you wanna type in here
and then click this copy link
and when someone then goes
and enters in that URL,
it’ll start playing that video
right at that exact time.
But unfortunately on mobile,
that is not the case,
if I tap on share, I
can only copy the link.
If you pay the monthly
fee for YouTube premium
you will have this download
button below the video.
You can click on download
and it’ll download the
video to your computer,
which is great
’cause now you can watch
it when you’re offline,
if you’re in an airplane
or you’re at a subway
or place where you don’t
have really great access
and now you can click here to view
or you can go up here and go to downloads
and then downloads all the
videos you’ve downloaded,
it’ll be right here
and under download settings,
you can adjust the quality,
whether you want to be high
quality or low quality,
the higher the quality
the more disc space it takes up.
And then when you’re done with all of ’em,
you can just click all delete
all downloads right here
and that frees up all your space.
A mobile works a little bit different
on the homepage while you’re scrolling,
you can either tap on
these three little dots
right underneath the video
and click download there.
Or if you’re actually watching the video
you see download icon right here as well.
You could tap it and
it’ll start downloading.
Now to find and access
these downloaded videos,
you have to go back to the homepage.
You see down here in
the bottom right corner,
it says library.
If you tap on your library,
you have this option right here
in the middle called downloads.
Now, gives you a little
bit of different feature
because now you have your
downloads here at the top
that you can come watch
and play at any time
but they also give you
or you can do smart downloads,
which is when you’re on MiFi,
we’ll download 20 recommended videos
and refresh them weekly,
then you’ll always have something
to watch offline on your phone.
This is my favorite to
use keyboard shortcuts.
I use these all the time
in the browse YouTube.
You can find all these
keyboard shortcuts easily
by hitting shift and question
mark on your keyboard
and you’ll see all of them right here
but I’ll show you my favorite
ones real quick on desktop
and then on mobile on desktop,
you can click the icon
and change the playback
speed here if you want
but on your keyboard,
it is just shift greater than or less than
the speed up or slow down the speed.
And of course, to pause, it’s K,
to skip forward 10 seconds, it is L
and we go back 10 seconds
at a time, it is J.
On mobile they’ve simplified this a lot.
If you are a YouTube premium subscriber,
you can go the upper three dots
and go to listening controls in here,
now you can skip forward from
video to video if you’d like,
or you can skip forward 10 seconds last
you know, back 10 seconds
or adjust the speed
as you want all up from
one spot, which is great
if you listen to a lot of
podcasts on YouTube especially.
Now to be clear, you still
can use these controls
if you’re not a premium member,
you just gotta click these
three little dots up here
and instead of going to listening controls
you go to playback speed here
and you can change it there
and then of course you can just double tap
or triple tap or whatever you wanna do
to skip forward and backwards.
It’s all right there,
you know, it’s just not all
in one easy navigation screen.
As a YouTube strategist who has worked
with over 1,000 creators
and brands on this platform,
I know a lot of these tools,
a lot of these tips have
and enhanced my quality of
life here on this platform
and know they will for you too.
Thanks to Gizmoto for assembling
a lot of these tips together,
linked to them down below.
And if you are someone who’s
trying to grow your channel,
you want more views,
you want more subscribers,
you wanna grow the business
that you’re developing here online,
then these are the next
videos for you to watch,
these will be the next
videos you need to get into
how do I get more views, more subscribers
and grow my business on YouTube,
click right here
and I’ll see you over
in those next videos.